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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival

McCormick-Stephens Garden

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I did not take as many photos as I would have liked to do this wonderful garden justice, as I was hobbling around and eventually I just sat on the east side patio and listened to the music and had delicious snacks.  Meanwhile, Allan was helping out with something over at the Barclay garden and only got a few photos himself.  Fortunately, we have visited the garden before….and Garden Tour Nancy collected some extra photos for me from herself and another photographer, and I got some from Kathleen Shaw and Pam Fleming, who were touring in a different order than Allan and I.  Kathleen now has a vacation cottage here and traveled from the Olympia area for the tour.  Pam is the gardener for Seaside, Oregon and runs the fabulous Back Alley Gardens nursery in Gearhart, Oregon, a source for many cool plants in this garden.

I did make it though the whole garden, though, just not with as much close attention as it deserves.  Because of my excuse of mobility issues, I have also filled in a bit with some photos from earlier visits.

True plant nerds can drop to the bottom of this post for the amazing list of plants in the garden.

It was possible to simply stroll across the bayside lawn from Barclay’s to Steve and John’s garden; both gardens were part of the vastness that was once Clarke Nursery:

The lawn below the deck sweeps across the bayfront in a smooth transition to the garden to the south, which was also on the tour.

The lawn below Barclay’s east side deck across the bayfront in a smooth transition to Steve and John’s garden.

Steve and John's garden map

Steve and John’s garden map

As best as I can, I’ll number the photos for those who wish to refer to the excellent map.  Any mix up in numbering is mine alone.

The trees and shrubs collected by these two CPNs (certified plant nuts) come from all over the Northwest; I do know that some of them come from our local collectors’ nursery, Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart.  (Owner Pam Fleming provided some photos for this blog entry.)

I first entered through a path from Barclay’s south side garden to Steve and John’s kitchen garden.

a peek from the Barclay garden to Steve and John's garden just next door to the south.

a peek from the Barclay garden to Steve and John’s garden just next door to the south.

the kitchen garden

(4) the kitchen garden

Garden Tour Nancy's kitchen garden photo

Garden Tour Nancy’s kitchen garden photo

photo by Nancy Allen, who loves kitchen garden

photo by Nancy Allen, who loves kitchen gardens

photo by Pam Fleming

photo by Pam Fleming

to my right as I walked toward the house

(12) to my right as I walked toward the house

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

flowers

garden area 12

young trees and shrubs intermingle with established shrubs from the old nursery that was here.

(6) young trees and shrubs intermingle with established shrubs from the old nursery that was here.

Chamaecypris pisifera compressa, photo by Pam Fleming

Chamaecyparis pisifera compressa, photo by Pam Fleming

photo by Pam Fleming

photo by Pam Fleming

lots of gold foliage glowing in the mixed borders

(6) lots of gold foliage and well thought out shapes glowing in the mixed borders northwest of the house

shrubs

garden area  6 (upper rhody grove)

photo by Pam Fleming

photo by Pam Fleming

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Pam Fleming

photo by Pam Fleming

photo by Dwight Caswell

photo by Dwight Caswell

sculpture by the front door

sculpture by the front door

elegance in design to the east of the house

(2) elegance in design to the east of the house; between two wings is a rainwater swale

Allan's photo, between the two wings of the house

Allan’s photo, between the two wings of the house

looking north from just west of the house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

looking north from just west of the house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

on the south side of the driveway

(3) on the south side of the driveway

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Dwight Caswell

photo by Dwight Caswell

Around the south side of the house, a path built by landscaper Steve Clarke makes an easy transition for wheelbarrowing mulch.

This area used to be a rougher descent; Steve Clarke solved the problem.

This area used to be a rougher descent; Steve Clarke solved the problem.

Willapa view covered patio, Sept 2013

Willapa view covered patio, Sept 2013

from Sept 2013: the dell below the patio with native Evergreen Huckleberry

a meticulously tended native landscape

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Pam Fleming:  Steve and John with garden guests

photo by Pam Fleming: Steve and John with garden guests

photo by Pam Fleming

John and Steve with…Lisa??  photo by Pam Fleming

My goodness, that certainly looks like our good friend Lisa of the hydrangea house!!

Wilho Saari playing the kantele.

Music in the Gardens: Wilho Saari playing the kantele on the east side patio.

Steve and John had specifically suggested Wilho Saari, a fifth-generation Finnish-American player of the kantele, the Finnish psaltery.  John’s Finnish heritage made it extra special to have Wilho be the featured musician.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan bought Wilho's CD

Allan bought Wilho’s CD

Allan's photo of tour guests who arrived from across the bayside lawn

Allan’s photo of tour guests who arrived from across the bayside lawn; in red is Water Music Festival board member Rita Nicely (whose garden has been on the tour before, I think in 2008).

John and a garden tour guest

John and Ann Goldeen, garden show host from KMUN community radio; the drink (soon replenished) was a delicious blueberry lemonade.

I was suddenly called back over to the Barclay garden for a tour-related question, and when I returned to Steve and John’s garden, I entered by a different way, down by the pond far to the west of the house.

north side of pond (garden area 11)

northwest side of pond (garden area 11-ish)

garden area 11, north side of pond

garden area 11, north side of pond

garden area 11 (which was being planted in Sept of '13, as I recall)

garden area 11 (which was being planted in Sept of ’13, as I recall)

garden area 11

garden area 11

garden area 11

garden area 11

as I walk around the pond (area 13)

Looking up into a mountain ash (Sorbus) as I walk around the pond (area 13)

You can just glimpse the shed, which is in area 8, I believe.

You can just glimpse the shed, which is in area 8, I believe.

hydrangeas, north of the driveway turn, including the dark leaved 'Plum Passion'

hydrangeas, north of the driveway turn, including the dark leaved ‘Plum Passion’ (9 or 10)

8, the holly/fern grove

8, the holly/fern grove

looking to the Cryptomeria grove (10?)

looking west to the Cryptomeria grove (10?)

Styrax japonicus 'Momo Shidare' (Weeping Pink Japanese Snowbell), photo by Dwight Caswell

Styrax japonicus ‘Momo Shidare’ (Weeping Pink Japanese Snowbell), photo by Dwight Caswell

the holly/fern grove

the holly/fern grove

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

Acer palmatum 'Peaches and Cream' (Peaches and Cream Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum ‘Peaches and Cream’ (Peaches and Cream Japanese Maple), photo by Pam Fleming

looking east to the house through the lower rhody grove (to the left)

looking east to the house through the lower rhody grove (to the left)

The large rhododendrons date back to Clarke Nursery.

looking east through the rhody groves

looking east through the rhody groves

We were fortunate to have visited this garden in springtime when many of the rhododenrons were in bloom.

lower rhody grove

lower rhody grove with huckleberries, as well

approaching the house via the long driveway

approaching the house via the long driveway

Who should I see but my friend Carol Clearman, with her daughter and grand daughter!

Who should I see but my friend Carol Clearman, with her daughter and grand daughter!

garden area 2 (west of house) again

garden area 2 (west of house) again

the path to the north around the kitchen garden (area 4)

the path to the north around the kitchen garden (area 4)

Allan's photo, looking northwest over the kitchen garden

Allan’s photo, looking northwest over the kitchen garden

in the corner of the kitchen garden, photo by Dwight Caswell

Ulmus x hollanida ‘Wredei’ (golden elm) in the corner of the kitchen garden, photo by Dwight Caswell

and back to the east side patio where a friend of Steve and John's was replenishing the berry lemonade.

and back to the east side patio where a friend of Steve and John’s was replenishing the blueberry lemonade.

Blueberry Lemonade

Blend:

1 cup lemon juice (bottled is fine)

6 oz. blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1/2 cup sugar

Add 3 cups water and ice

Voila!

delicious refreshments

delicious refreshments

and more, which were continually replenished by our gracious hosts.

and more (carmelized onions on crostini were simply delicious), which were continually replenished by our gracious hosts.

The garden tour menu was:

Skewered pepper jack cheese, cherry tomato and fresh basil.

Crostini with caramelized onion and crumbled Gorgonzola.

Hard salami, cream cheese, and arugula wraps.  Warm beef meatballs.  Salmon spread with crackers.  Grapes.  Hot coffee with ginger snaps.

photo by Nancy Allen of John and a tour guest

photo by Nancy Allen of John and Wilho Saari’s wife, Kaisa

Nancy Allen's photo

Nancy Allen’s photo

A member of the Mozart Chicks had finished playing at the Goelz garden, just down the road, and was listening to Wilho Saari with rapt attention.

A member of the Mozart Chicks had finished playing at the Goelz garden, just down the road, and was listening to Wilho Saari with rapt attention.

More plant photos by Pam Fleming and Nancy Allen:

Asclepias Curassavica 'Apollo  Orange' (Scarlet Milkweed)

Asclepias Curassavica ‘Apollo Orange’ (Scarlet Milkweed)

Penisetum setaceum var rubrum (Red Feather Grass)

Penisetum setaceum var rubrum (Red Feather Grass)

Chamaecypris obtusa 'Lemon Twist' (Lemon Twist Hinoki Cypress)

Chamaecypris obtusa ‘Lemon Twist’ (Lemon Twist Hinoki Cypress)

Chamaecypris pisifera compressa (Blue Moss Cypress), photo by Pam Fleming

Chamaecypris pisifera compressa (Blue Moss Cypress), photo by Pam Fleming

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake', photo by Dwight Caswell

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’, photo by Nancy Allen

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake', photo by Dwight Caswell

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’, photo by Nancy Allen

At a little before three, I realized that we simply must move on as there were two more gardens to see and I knew that the next one would take awhile to tour as it would be all new to Allan, so we took our leave.

I hope to get back to this garden later this year for some fall colour (a hint to Steve and John!) and get some better plant photos of their wide selection of collectors’ trees and shrubs.

The Plant List

…is  a work in progress, which has not been edited for publication, so there are still likely changes/corrections/additions to be made.  Any wobble in the formatting is mine from making  screenshots of the document.

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Wow.  This has certainly inspired me to think about going out and cataloging my own garden so that I stop losing track of plant names!

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